What is PAT testing? Why do I need it?
What is it?
PAT testing is not a legal necessity- it is a statutory requirement. It is an effective way to ensure your equipment complies with safety regulations.
The UK Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) states at Regulation 4(1): “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adopted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided.”
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states at Regulation 4(2): “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”
This means that employers (and the self-employed) must ensure that all electrical work equipment is safe, suitable for the purpose and properly maintained in good order.
What is covered?
Kettles, IT equipment, sound equipment, hair dryers, vaccuum cleaners, televisions, microwave ovens, power tools....pretty much anything with a 13A plug fitted.
Fixed items should be tested too, but not as frequently. These can be tested from the consumer unit or from the wall connection, eg a fused spur.
Does my equipment need to be disconnected for testing?
Yes. Each item needs to be switched off and unplugged for close inspection of plug and fuse. If disconnection is inconvenient it costs no more to have the testing done when it's better for you, eg outside of office hours.
How long does testing take?
Depending on types of equipment, usually between 10 and 20 items per hour. Some simple repairs can also be carried out as defects are discovered.
Anything else while your here?
I can test and inspect your fixed items, consumer units, RCDs etc.
I am a domestic electrician and PAT tester with qualifications in PAT, Inspection and Testing (C&G2392), Part P and the Building Regs (C&G2393) plus the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (C&G2382).